Meal Plan : 22nd – 27th August 2016

Hi guys,

Just a quick meal plan for next week. It’s a bit loose-y goose-y as I’ll be visiting a friend Thursday/Friday and on the weekend I just eat at work as I work 12+ hour shifts. On another random note, I have decided not to follow a certain diet plan and try and eat healthy without the counting. Not sure how it’s going to turn out, but we’ll see!

Breakfasts:

  • Cereal, semi skimmed milk & bacon sandwich
  • Spinach and mushroom omelette
  • Porridge with blueberries, chia seeds & agave syrup

Lunch/Dinners:

  • Chinese pork belly stew with mooli, carrots and yam with brown rice
  • Baked salmon and roasted vegetables

Snacks:

  • Fruit: donut peaches, nectarines, clementines & strawberries
  • Crudities and hummus
  • Ham & cucumber roll ups

Those who have been following my blogs for a while know that when I have a strict meal plan, my mind loves to rebel and I never feel like eating what’s on the menu! So I like to have a few meals planned and prepped so I can eat it if I fancy – less waste that way. If I have time on the Monday when I’m meal prepping, I’ll see if I can photograph the process of the pork belly stew. It’s so delicious and reminds me of my Grandma🙂

Until next time.. x

Goals for August 2016

Hi guys,

Yep, I know there’s just about 3 weeks of August left! I’m a bit slow on the blogging side as I had a heavy work week but that’s no excuse, right?

So! August goals. I have a few meals out & a visit to Newcastle to see one of my school friends I haven’t seen in around a decade as well as our usual family meal out on the bank holiday Monday at the end of the month. I’m not expecting miracles but I’m hoping to lose at least 4lbs. I’ve been sitting pretty at 14st 12lb since the beginning of August which I’m happy with as I’ve eaten so bad recently but we need to get a shimmy on now!

Goals

  • Lose 4lbs by 31st August
  • No juice, no fizzy drinks – just 2-3L of pure H20
  • Try walking home at least once a week (will be a struggle with hayfever and heavy work bags but we’ll try!)
  • Draw up a monthly budget for September and update bank totals
  • Start planning my next adventure away

I’ll give you a goal update at the end of the month. Hopefully I’ll hit them all🙂

Until next time.. x

A Day in the Life – 14.08.16

Hi guys,

I really enjoyed reading “A Day in the Life” posts (as well as watching them on YouTube) so I thought why not try it myself?

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7am: My alarm goes off. I’m super tired from the night before as I got in from work at midnight. Cue the snooze button.

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8am: I finally drag myself out of bed. It’s my friend’s son’s Christening today so I’m travelling back to my hometown to spend some time with my old friends from sixth form college. I’m going to do the whole make up shebang and wear this lovely pale pink dress which I picked up from New Look

9:35am: I’m running late and rushing around to find all the things I wanted to bring with me. As I didn’t do the organised thing and pack the night before, I had to run back into the house three times as I forgot my car key, my phone and the present. Doh.

10am: I’m now setting off properly after fueling the car and getting a cheeky McDonalds for breakfast. Hopefully if the traffic’s good I’ll arrive in about an hour and a half.

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12:15pm: I arrived on time at 12pm and the Christening at the church is already over. It seemed super speedy. All went well with no crying except the vicar nearly set my friend’s partner on fire with the candle – oops.

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1pm: Now at the party venue and they’re serving one of my most favourite things – a Carr’s pasty. Just so you know, the cheese ones are just awesome. If you ever get to try one, grab it with both hands! I think they deliver all over the UK now. I would’ve taken a photo but I was too busy eating it and playing peek-a-boo🙂

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4pm: I’ve left the party to meet up with one of my friends from school. She’s been really ill recently and we haven’t seen each other in a few years so we both thought it’d be good to get her out of the house. We head to Coast2Coast where I have some delicious ribs and she has the buffalo wings. Nom.

7:30pmI’ve said my goodbyes and heading off to my Dad’s restaurant for a business meeting of sorts and what ends up to be another little snack.

9:45pm: Everything’s wrapped up and I help close the restaurant. Finally on my way home!

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10:45pm: I’m absolutely pooped. Quick face wash and brushing of the teeth and I’m in bed.

Hope you enjoyed a day in my life🙂 I had a really good catch up with old friends, although the early start and over 4 hours of driving tired me out! If you liked this type of post, let me know. Maybe I’ll do a regular thing once a month or so🙂

Until next time.. x

PS: this isn’t a sponsored post. I just like my food and thought I’d share it with you.

Changes

Hi guys,

You may have noticed that there have been a few little changes here and there on my blog. I’ve officially changed my blog back to its original name – Life & Times of YzzyBella (that’s what the YB stands for!).

I’ve been getting in a bit of a blogging rut lately. Life is crazy as usual but I’ve been finding that I don’t just want to blog about food and trying to lose weight. My thoughts seem to be floundering and gathering dust in my head and I haven’t felt motivated to write a post.

That changed today. Last week I was really down in the dumps. Really down. I genuinely thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown. Funnily enough I found a blog by a lady going by the name of Asian Pear. She’s awesome and down to earth and made me have a good think about life. I find a lot of similarities to myself despite not knowing her, but her blog has inspired me to do a little change around on mine so I can go back to doing it for fun rather than because I have to.

So, my weight loss blogs will still be coming but less often. I’ll be doing more lifestyle based posts – I really enjoyed reading a Day in the Life and budget type posts from Asian Pear so I thought I might give them a go.

For those who follow purely for my weight loss blogs, I hope I don’t lose you. It’ll be less focussed on it but hopefully with more regular postings. My URL of aspiringskinnyminnie.com will be in place until November, redirecting you here, but make a note of my new (or rather old) URL too🙂 My new instagram will be yzzy.bella so I’ll see you over there🙂

Until next time.. x

The Last Start-Over

Hi guys,

It’s been a long time. Hope you’re all well! I’m finally back (again!), hopefully for the last time. It’s been a horrible few months culminating with my ex attempting suicide and my Uncle passing last week.

However, it has taught me that life is short. Goals I want to achieve, I need to stop putting off as time flies by so quickly. So I am back, motivated and am going to try my hardest to get to my goal weight. The closest I’ve gotten in the past few months is 14st 2lb when I was seriously ill and hadn’t eaten for about 2 weeks and I’ve just returned from Hong Kong after my Uncle’s passing at 15st 5lb. I will be back on smart points on WeightWatchers so hopefully I’ll finally get my brain into gear and get my losses piling up.

I started off yesterday with a good day but today I’ve been feeling a little sluggish and not really wanting to drink much liquid which isn’t good. I’ve gone over my points slightly as I couldn’t resist a bowl of ramen (the one from the Fire Noodle Challenge on YouTube.. delicious!) but nothing that has taken me totally off the rails.

My Uncle’s funeral is next week so I think I would like to set myself a 2lb target. I’ve been really struggling with my energy levels (also possibly in part due to jet lag) so if you have any good tips to feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed; let me know!

Also I am back on Instagram – follow me @aspiringskinnyminnie

Until next time.. x

Weigh in Friday

Hi guys,

As you know I’ve been eating like a horse the first two-thirds of the week so it’s not a surprise I didn’t lose this week. However, the big surprise was that I didn’t gain! Who would have thought it? A maintain. Fifteen stone exactly.

So I’m here still on the precipice of fourteen stone. I really really want to get there. This weekend is a bit of a write off as I will be in Scotland with my sister who eats every two hours (she’s a growing child) and so as much as I will try not to cave in, I will (try) and set an example of healthy eating instead. (I may regret this when it comes to my food posts on Instagram in a day or so…..)

However, after said weekend I’m going to try and be 100%. I’ve not had a 100% day for a while now so I’m going to have my juices and possible small snacks of either green vegetables or lean protein (if really needed) and a small meal in the evening.

Ideally, 3lbs off next week will be very nice. On the other hand, I think I’m losing inches as my watch has started spinning round my wrist like a small catherine wheel. Next week I’ll do measurements as well and see where I am. I think the last time I measured myself was back in December so at least if it’s now showing on the scales maybe it’s showing physically.

Until next time.. x

Pre-Weigh In Thoughts

Hi guys,

Well, I will tell you now that if I have a maintain, I will be very happy with that!

Chinese New Year has just been so as is tradition, I have eaten aplenty and although my pants aren’t digging in, I definitely feel a little more rotund than usual! I’ve been back on the wagon since Wednesday but not much damage control there I’m afraid!

I start my juice diet today and hopefully day 1 won’t be too bad. I’ve decided to make it similar to step 2 on Cambridge so I will be doing my juices and a small meal in the evening.

(Un)fortunately back in November, I booked a trip to Stirling for this weekend so I’m not sure how it’s going to work! I think there will be a couple more meals here and there during the Sunday and Monday I’m away (plus snacks for the 4 hour drive!) but then I’ll be back on track.

Target for this week: maintain.
Target for next week: -1lb

Until tomorrow guys.. x